The Body Coat
by Maighread Medbh
The Body Coat is a fantasy-realist novel, set in a changing Ireland fraught with unwanted pregnancies, religious scandals and revelations of family abuse. Jacqui Byrnes has been a victim and also carries a deep guilt. Defiantly beautiful, she is again abused by her husband and chooses a strange method of escape, offered by a town in which, as always, she's a natural outsider. But what's real?